Chez Ami Restaurant


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September 2017
Photo credit: Frank Gamel, PRS


311 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202
Now part of the larger 285 Delaware Ave parcel
SBL: 111.38-1-15.1
Ellicott Council District
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Next to: National Gypsum Building


INTERWEST PROPERTIES LLC per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

Two story brick building with arched upper windows and possible terra cotta or stone facade

Current Condition

Demolished. Now the driveway/parking lot of a newer building to the south


  • 1929 - Building opened as an art house theater, The Little
  • 1930 - The Little closed, and was reopened as The Hollywood by the Basil chain of theaters.
  • 1934 - The Hollywood closes, and the building is converted into Chez Ami supper club by Philip Amigone. The interior was an art-deco design by C. Theodore Macheras.
  • December 25, 1941 - Fire destroys interior.
  • Spring 1942 - Bar reopens with original decor
  • December 1956 - Amigone remodels interior and exterior with a new design from Macheras. The art deco theme was replaced with new Venetian décor and façade.
  • Early 1960s - Chez Ami underwent another transformation into Buffalo’s first discotheque
  • December 1965 - Philip Amigone dies
  • 1971 - The club closes after two subsequent owners ran it from 66-71.
  • 1974 - Building demolished
History courtesy Wikipedia

Recent Events and Actions Taken

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Reported to have the first revolving bar in America
  • Mark Croce's restaurant in the Curtiss Building is named the Chez Ami and features a revolving bar.


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